Tenika Revell, allegedly stricken with cancer, confessed to beating her seven year old son, Bernard Revell, to death in their Bedford-Stuyvesant home Friday night and then taking pills in a botched suicide attempt, DNAInfo reports. Revell was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of the child, police said.
Revell had called 911 at 10:54 p.m. Friday night, and told the operator that she had killed her son, and had just taken pills, police said.
At the woman’s 4th-floor apartment at 374 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, police found a 7-year-old boy in his bed, unresponsive and not moving, cops said. Bernard Revell was declared dead at the scene, and had suffered severe trauma to his head, according to police.
Tenika Revell was transported to the hospital in cardiac arrest at 11:13 p.m. according to the FDNY, and spent much of Saturday under observation at Woodhull Hospital. Source: DNAInfo.com
Bernard was found with bruises and lacerations to his head, police said. The monster mom, treated at Woodhull Hospital, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
Kay Jefferson, Revell’s cousin, and her son were supposed to spend Friday night at the suspect’s home on Marcus Garvey Blvd. for a sleepover — but canceled at the last minute. “It would have been different,” said a devastated Jefferson, 38. “That was her baby. She loved that little boy. I don’t understand what would make her snap.”
Police sources said Revell had at least 33 prior arrests, including several for prostitution. Revell, who used several aliases, served two separate stints in prison after being convicted of attempted robbery and attempted burglary, records show. Source: NY Daily News
I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s really sick. Earlier this week David Sherrod killed his wife, Alma Cox and her grandson Jaquan Cox, in their Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment. One day ago, Lisette Bamenga killed her two young kids, Trevor Noel Jr. and Liliane, by gassing them and then trying to commit suicide by slitting her wrists. Also in Newton Falls, OH, Robert Brazzon killed four people in a quadruple murder-suicide, that also took the life of a 15 year old. Randall Engels killed his wife and two kids in Dundee, OR, after his wife filed for divorce in May. Marco Bostwick kills his girlfriend, Angelina Brunson and her aunt Mary Richardson in Panama City, FL.
UPDATE#1 (07/16/12): Tenika Revell has a lengthy criminal history including two stints in prison for a total of eight years. She was charged with attempted robbery in 1993 and sentenced to 1-3 years in prison. She returned as a violator in November 1995 and was released January 1996. In 1998 she was charged with attempted burglary and was sentenced to five years in prison. This was well before her son, Bernard Revell, was born. (H/T Nancy Grace Show)